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Developments in advanced textiles

3D-printed flexible mesh

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ngineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
have designed pliable 3D-printed mesh materials
with the flexibility and toughness to be tuned to
emulate and support softer tissues such as muscles
and tendons. With the ability to tailor the intricate
structures in each mesh, the researchers
anticipate that the tough, yet stretchy
fabric-like material could be used for
personalized, wearable supports. As
a demonstration, the team printed a
flexible mesh for use in an ankle brace
and a knee brace that could conform to
the knee even as it bends. Researchers also
see the potential for implantable devices such
as hernia meshes that better match to a person's
body. The study was published in the journal Advanced
Functional Materials. Photo: M. Scott Brauer.

Knitted shoe upper for
measuring gait

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ottingham, U.K.-based Footfalls & Heartbeats, a smart
textiles developer, has created a knitted shoe upper that
can measure gait in a person who is either walking or running.
The textile sensor eliminates the need for embedded electronics,
says company founder Simon McMaster, and the information
gathered can be relayed to the wearer's user interface of choice.
The shoes were made on a SantoniĀ® X-Machine and knitted in less
than 12 minutes per shoe, McMaster says. Footfalls & Heartbeats
has also worked closely with the University of Nottingham on
smart socks that measure both pressure and blood flow in the
feet via optical sensors embedded in the socks. Photo: Footfalls
& Heartbeats.

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